St Helens young half back Danny Richardson admitted losing his spot to Theo Fages was tough to take, but he is now in a much happier place mentally, concentrating on matters on loan at Leigh.
Richardson shot to prominence in 2018 and was named in the Super League Dream Team, but a pre-season hindered by injury has seen French international Fages start all five games at Saints so far this year, with Richardson sent out on dual registration in the Championship.
After admitting finding the situation tough to deal with, a chat with Leigh coach John Duffy has given the 22 year a more positive mindset, which was reflected by a dominant performance on the field last weekend as the Centurions beat Swinton.
“The year I had last year, to have that taken away from me was hard to swallow. It’s tough for a young kid to deal with,” he said.
Now, I am 100 percent feeling better and usually when you feel better and feel good the two are linked. I felt a lot happier and had a smile on my face out there in the middle.”